2021 London Concert Season

January 2021 - April 2021

Pure Romance | 14 February 2021

On Valentine’s Day, Miloš Karadaglić teams up with Italian maestro Enrique Mazzola in a concert that sets Rodrigo’s ever-popular evocation of Spain alongside the deep, nostalgic passion of Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony.

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Romantics and Englishmen | 24 February 2021

Edward Gardner conducts Tippett’s lush Ritual Dances from his opera The Midsummer Marriage, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, which burn with poetry and imagination. Dazzling pianist Seong-Jin Cho joins for the fantasy and fireworks of Liszt’s outrageous Second Piano Concerto.

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Love, hate and undiscovered worlds | 27 February 2021

The UK premiere of Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt, is the centrepiece of a whole evening of musical exploration. Opening with Eric Tanguy’s Affettuoso, a loving tribute to a friend by a great French master, and ending with another UK premiere, Sofia Gubaidulina’s emotionally-charged On Love and Hatred.

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Gene Kelly: A Life in Music | 10 March 2021

Combining the music of a live symphony orchestra with a screening of clips from some of Kelly’s most iconic films, this show offers a fascinating and intimate insight into one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars.

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Resurrection Symphony | 13 March 2021

Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony is an emotional odyssey on a universal scale that begins in tragedy and ends in the rebirth of a universe. In between comes tenderness, rage, pitch-black humour and – yes – the end of the world itself.

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Bohemian rhapsodies | 19 March 2021

Mark Elder is a conductor whose theatrical flair makes everything he touches catch fire. Janáček’s overture Jealousy lights the touchpaper, before Steven Isserlis plays the greatest of all cello concertos, and after the interval, hear Janáček’s sensational orchestral melodrama Taras Bulba.

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Emelyanychev conducts Brahms | 24 March 2021

Together, Maxim Emelyanychev and pianist Denis Kozhukhin will make Beethoven’s majestic ‘Emperor’ Concerto the perfect counterpart for Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. The overture to Mozart’s darkest opera, Don Giovanni, sets the stage for an evening of high drama and raw passion.

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Danny Elfman’s Percussion Concerto | 26 March 2021

Colin Currie gives the world premiere of the legendary contemporary film composer Danny Elfman’s Percussion Concerto. Electrifying rhythmic workouts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Ravel’s Boléro will set the mood for some serious thrills.

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Postcards from Paris | 31 March 2021

Dukas’s sumptuous Polyeucte Overture, followed by the phenomenal Jussen brothers in Poulenc’s unashamedly entertaining Double Piano Concerto and Franck’s extraordinary, gothic Symphony in D minor completes this Gallic-flavoured line up.

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Canellakis conducts Shostakovich | 14 April 2021

Karina Canellakis scales the peaks of Shostakovich’s stirring Fifth Symphony, and partners the LPO with masterly German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Schumann’s dark horse of a Violin Concerto.

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Hough plays Brahms | 16 April 2021

For Stephen Hough, Brahms’s First Piano Concerto is ‘a burst of pure, utter, natural genius’. Hough plays it like no-one on earth, and this might be one of the few performances you’ll hear that has the potential to overshadow Beethoven’s revolutionary ‘Eroica’ Symphony.

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Russian epics | 21 April 2021

Forged in the fires of war, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony still takes the breath away. It’s certainly a very different Russia from the soaring melodies and exuberant dances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, tonight performed by Gil Shaham.

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Exiles and elegies | 24 April 2021

In his penultimate concert with the LPO, Vladimir Jurowski champions Rachmaninoff’s bittersweet, neglected Third Symphony. First though comes Richard Strauss; the LPO’s strings play the devastating wordless war requiem Metamorphosen, and Miah Persson sings the Four Last Songs: sorrow transmuted into pure, radiant beauty.

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Jurowski conducts Swan Lake | 28 April 2021

Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake is a profoundly human drama of love, struggle, destiny and redemption. There could be no more fitting last word from our Principal Conductor than this full-length concert performance.

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